Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.

Jerome C. Wegley

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Practice Areas


  • University of Pittsburgh, J.D.
  • Gannon University, B.S.

Admissions & Certifications

  • Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Erie
  • Pennsylvania Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Mr. Wegley’s practice involves business law (business succession planning, corporate and partnership law), estate planning and elder law (complex estate planning and administration; nursing home, Medicaid and special needs planning) and asset protection planning. Prior to joining Knox, he worked at Ernst & Young as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Wegley regularly lectures on estate planning, asset protection, wealth preservation, business succession and special needs planning to a variety of audiences and groups. He serves as Treasurer on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Developed and presented numerous seminars to regional business owners on succession planning, including information on transferring control and wealth from one owner to another while avoiding any negative impact on the company, employees or community
  • Successfully implemented succession plans for numerous clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, service, and consulting
  • Created asset protection plans for multiple clients in high risk occupations, including physicians and business owners, effectively reducing their liability exposure


  • 2013 President’s Hall of Fame Honoree, Prep-Villa

Speaking Engagements

  • Knox Law Institute™
  • Firm's Professional Advisor Symposium, October 2013 and January 2014
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Topics include the following:
  • Wealth Preservation for Seniors
  • Long-Term Care Solutions (or Lack Thereof)
  • Grantor Trusts: Income Tax Reporting Demystified
  • Estate Planning for Blended Families
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate Plans of the Rich and Famous
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Family Succession Planning
  • Special Needs Estate Planning
  • Planning for People with Disabilities

Community & Professional Service

  • Erie Catholic Preparatory School (Prep-Villa), Board Member

Firm Involvement

  • Shareholder
  • Board of Directors, Treasurer